DO YOU HAVE AN ISSUE OR CONCERN, A QUESTION YOU NEED ANSWERED OR JUST LOOKING FOR ADVICE OR DIRECTION?
Recently we have had a few concerns with Managers telling their Employees that if they have any concerns they need to come to them (Management) first before going to the Union.
That is not the case. You can come directly to us without consulting your Manager first. Besides, what if it’s your Manager that you have the issue with?
We have also had one Manager tell their Employees…. “Don’t do a certain something or I will call my friend the Union”. Ahhhh…. NO! We work for the Employees not the Manager. When you see us in the store for an investigation, we are there to protect the rights of the Employee. We are there to make sure that the Collective Agreement is being adhered to and that you are being treated fairly.
We have even had recent calls from Employees telling us that their Manager is telling them that “Maybe they should hand in their resignation” or even saying to Employees “I could let you go right now because of this”!! Once again, NO! This is a form of personal harassment and needs to be reported to the Union office ASAP. That is the only way bullies can be stopped!
If there is a chance that an Employee could be disciplined or terminated, there needs to be an investigation and the Union needs to be there.
So the next time you have a concern or a question, call us first! Maybe you just want direction on where to turn. Everything discussed is confidential and we don’t act on it unless you give us the okay.
Don’t ask your Manager questions about the Collective Agreement. Their area is operations, not contract interpretation. The Union is here to represent you and your rights. We negotiate and uphold the contract so the Union is the expert in this area. The Union pays for a lawyer to represent your interests, not Management. Ask Management about operational issues and call the Union about Collective Agreement issues.
DON’T SUFFER IN SILENCE!
DEFEND YOUR CONTRACT!